Barcelona set for Aguero free transfer – Paper Round

Barca set for four free transfers

Spanish newspaper Marca reports that there are at least two, and possibly four, transfers set to be confirmed by Barcelona. Sergio Aguero is set to join from Manchester City, alongside young central defender Eric Garcia. If Ronald Koeman stays on as manager then Memphis Depay and Georgini Wijnaldum are also likely to sign.

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Paper Round’s view: Aguero is an exceptionally good player and to get him for nothing is a huge deal, but Barcelona’s weaknesses are really at the back and on the wings. Wijnaldum will refresh the middle of the park and Garcia the back, while Lyon’s forward Memphis should be able to hold down a place on either flank.

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Hakimi agent denies PSG move

Achraf Hakimi’s agent has played down links for the 22-year-old right-sided player to join Paris Saint-Germain. The Morrocan international has impressed for Inter Milan in their title-winning season and had been linked with a move to France, but his agent said: “Hakimi has four years left in his contract with Inter, and I want to clarify I haven’t talked to any other club.”

Paper Round’s view: Hakimi had looked to be a hugely promising talent in his time at Borussia Dortmund and his switch to Inter Milan has only helped proved his talent. Inter might want to balance the books after Antonio Conte’s heavy spending, and letting him leave would give them the chance of holding onto players like Romelu Lukaku.

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Silva set to sign new deal

Chelsea central defender Thiago Silva paid tribute to former manager Frank Lampard after he and his side won the Champions League final against Manchester City on Saturday night, and the Sun reports that he is on the cusp of signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge. The 36-year-old Brazilian has impressed new boss Thomas Tuchel.

Paper Round’s view: Given the potential transfer upheaval that hits Stamford Bridge almost every year it makes sense that they keep hold of Silva given he is still coping well with the strains of top-flight football. There are plenty of top targets on the market this summer so Chelsea may want to keep Thiago for another year and aim their budget elsewhere.

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Chelsea could lose Rudiger

Champions League winner Chelsea could see Antonio Rudiger leave on a free transfer after they failed to tie him down to a new contract. There has been interest from Spurs as well as Paris Saint-Germain. The 28-year-old central defender has a year left on his contract and nothing has been agreed between the two parties. The new Champions are planning for next season.

Paper Round’s view: Rudiger has shown at times that he is a reliable defender and his experience should make that a more consistently shown quality. However there is no denying that he has often failed to meet the required performance levels, so perhaps Chelsea are right to be ruthless about cutting him loose in the near future.

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Barcelona ready to prioritise Haaland ahead of Messi – Paper Round

Barcelona target Haaland over Messi

The Sun reports that Barcelona are prioritising the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland over getting their current star forward Lionel Messi to extend his deal, with the club focusing on the future. The 34-year-old Argentine is out of contract this summer, but club president Joan Laporta believes that this transfer window offers a rare opportunity to take a run at the Norwegian while other clubs are financially constrained, while Jadon Sancho looks set for Manchester United.

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Paper Round’s view: The paper claims that Barcelona are around £1 billion in debt, but if they are able to secure Haaland this summer and keep Messi, it would certainly keep the sponsors interested in the club, and would probably set them on the way back to challenging for La Liga and the Champions League. If they can cut the fat elsewhere in the squad, they may be able to justify the expenditure.

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Arsenal weigh up Luiz replacements

The Telegraph reports that Arsenal have told 34-year-old Brazilian central defender David Luiz that his contract will not be extended beyond the summer, meaning the former Chelsea man can sign for another club on a free transfer. Mikel Arteta could be interested in Joachim Andersen, the Lyon defender who is on loan at Premier League club Fulham, but Spurs are ahead of them in the race for the 24-year-old Dane.

Paper Round’s view: Luiz has hardly been a disaster for Arsenal but he did not exceed expectations: he made mistakes but he was also pretty capable over the course of two seasons. It makes sense though that Arteta wants to do better than Luiz, and Andersen has the promise and potential to become one of the best defenders in the league, Lyon are likely to be ready to sell.

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Milan want Brahim stay

Serie A side AC Milan are looking to extend the stay of Brahim Diaz at the club. The 21-year-old Spanish playmaker has four goals and four assists with his loan club this season, and his parent side are unwilling to let him go out permanently, reports Spanish newspaper Marca. However Milan would also like to take him on a further loan for next season.

Paper Round’s view: Brahim has started his career with Real Madrid slowly since his arrival from Manchester City, but it seems he has found it hard to force his way through into the first team under Zinedine Zidane. He clearly has talent, so a compromise for player and both clubs would be to let him stay where he is for now and develop his talent so Zidane has little choice but to use him more regularly.

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West Ham want next Michail Antonio

The Mirror reports that Premier League surprise package West Ham United are planning for the future as they look to sign a prospect for the future, 17-year-old Kesna Clarke. Clarke is a product of the Tooting & Mitcham United academy, the club where Michail Antonio also started his career. He is currently playing in the Isthmian League South Central Division.

Paper Round’s view: West Ham are fortunate to be in London and able to cast their net relatively wide to go through much of the best talent in the south east. If Clarke really is as good as Antonio, then he could help the club with a player who could contribute for a decade. David Moyes could well be given the chance to spend big this summer after an impressive showing.

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Memphis to sign for Barcelona on free transfer – Paper Round


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